I was lucky enough to catch two shows at The Suspense Festival this year. Suspense is an adult puppet festival organised by The Little Angel Theatre, a hidden gem in the middle of Islington. Both pieces I saw were incredibly impressive, with a real sense of artisanship and integrity present which is annoyingly not always the way with actor based theatre. These people really are highly skilled performers, not only with the objects that they manipulate so evocatively or their own charming performances but also in the formation of the sophisticated and beautiful soundscapes that go along side their creations. It just goes to show what one can do without words and its all done with a large dollop of twinkly humour and a ruthless perfectionism which stops anything becoming cutesy. Sadly it’s over for this year, but I hope that it has brought to the forefront of people’s minds, as it has with mine, that puppetry is an incredibly poignant and plush part of the theatrical world that isn’t being utilised enough currently. I encourage more people to go and see adult puppetry, and hope that more venues will programme it. Bring on the new Pinocchios, and I can’t wait for next year’s Suspense.
Inkfish – The Brain
TAM TAM Objektentheater – To Have Or Not To Have